Rare Chinese Tang Dynasty Pottery Dog with Oxford TL Test
This very rare and unusual pottery model of a dog (we assume) was made during the early part of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 906) or possibly as early as the Six Dynasties period (AD 220 - 589). Although bearing its teeth, it looks more friendly and comical than ferocious ! It is made from a grey pottery and is quite "heavily-potted". There are remains on the surface that seem to be of a black pigment.
Length 20.5 cm (8 inches), height 13 cm (5 inches). Although there is no sign of any restoration or repair, there is, to its right hind leg, quite a large and clearly old surface chip and missing part to the back of the flat base.
This pottery model comes with a TL test certificate from Oxford Authentications, the only testers of ancient pottery accepted by all major dealers, auction houses and museums worldwide, and the Thermoluminescence Analysis Report that will accompany this item is shown with our pictures below; this confirms the date of manufacture as "between 1000 and 1600 years ago".
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